I am an avid reader of the Southwest Board and occasional poster. From your posts I know that you are a wine lover! I live in the Phoenix area (Chandler) and would like to buy a bottle of an Italian wine as a thank you gift for a friend and was hoping I could tap into your wine knowledge and knowledge of wine retailers.
I know virtually nothing about Italian wines and am hesitant to rely on a shelf tag with a blurb from wine spectator to be my guide. Would appreciate it if you could offer a suggestion for a bottle in the $30 range. I think something that could be served as an aperitif without needing to pair with food would be the best choice as the intended recipient doesn’t really cook. I have a couple of AJ’s nearby and a BevMo but am around town (Central Phoenix) enough that I could stop in at Sportsman’s or AZ Wine Company too.